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Cena Negra Makes a Debut in New York City

Every year,  Mexicans celebrate the Day of the Dead by dressing up in regal Catrinas, mostly in shades of black. They paint their faces, build mini altars decorated with candles, flowers, food and photographs of those they lost. Dia de los Muertos is the day of remembrance and celebration of the lives of departed family members and friends.

Cena Negra Catrina

El Catrin and La Catrina, Cena Negra’s NYC

For the past decade, Hotel Matilda and their general manager Bruce James celebrate by hosting Cena Negra at Moxi, hotel’s restaurant. This creative culinary extravaganza, combined with art, turned into one of the most anticipated events of the year in San Miguel de Allendes.  It was only natural to bring their 10th edition to New York City with Visit Mexico.

Cena Negra Bruce James

Bruce James, Kent Swig and guests, Cena Negra NYC

Cena Negra made a very successful NYC debut at 48 Wall Street on November 4th. Mexican Americans and those curious dressed up, brought their best black outfit forward, painted their faces and were ready to celebrate. Some attendees even flew in from Mexico just for the occasion. They knew to expect an unforgettable evening.

The historic landmark, 48 Wall Street, is the original headquarters of the Bank of New York. The oldest bank in the city. Ideal for a spectacular event, it was perfectly decorated with a big Catrina centerpiece at the entrance, flowers, dia de los muertos ornaments while the drinks (well mainly tequila) were flowing. The experience felt truly authentic.

Cena Negra New York

Cena Negra NYC

Guests enjoyed 6-course dinner prepared by chef Gabriela Ruiz, recognized in 2019  as one of the best Chefs  the world by the Mexico Gastronomic Guide. “Eclipse” dessert, was prepared by pastry chef, Fernanda Prado. This deliciously curated dinner was paired with wines and spirits from Casa Dragones, Chateau Domecq and Montelobos. Each table had Alonso Cartu Mikey Mouse inspired scull sculpture in the center and we all went home with a Menchasa bracelet and a bottle of  Montelobos.

Susana Zabaleta

Susana Zabaleta, Cena Negra NYC

An evening of this sort would not be complete without a celebrity performance. Susana Zabaleta, a Mexican soprano singer and and actress graced us with her presence. It was a very glamorous and interactive performance which many of her fans appreciated. Post dinner dance continued with DJ Marco Almanza.

We sure hope this event will come back to New York next November but in the meantime you might consider visiting Mexico. So much to see and learn about its rich culture, tradition and history.

Merygrei Montilla and Lorenzo Ruiz Martinez, Cena Negra NYC

Merygrei Montilla and Lorenzo Ruiz Martinez, Cena Negra NY

Cena Negra NYC

Cena Negra NYC

Bertha Gonzales Nieves and Bruce James,Cena Negra NYC

Bertha Gonzales Nieves and Bruce James,Cena Negra NYC

Cena Negra NYC

Cena Negra NYC

Cena Negra NYC

Cena Negra NYC

Cena Negra NYC

Cena Negra NYC

Tijana Ibrahimovic and Pamela Cerdeira, Cena Negra NYC

Tijana Ibrahimovic and Pamela Cerdeira,

Cena Negra NYC


Alonso Cartu Cena Negra NYC

Alonso Cartu and guests,

Cena Negra NYC Bertha Gonzales Nieves

Bertha Gonzales Nieves and guest,

Cena Negra NYC

Cena Negra NYC

Negra at its restaurant Moxi


About author


Tijana is an entertainment journalist and television personality. Born in Serbia, Tijana moved to the United States as an international student. Upon graduating, she worked as a news anchor for the National Television Channel in Serbia. Since, she came back to New York City and has covered high end social events,red carpets, film premieres, and fashion shows. Some of her most noted interviews are with Oscar de la Renta, Joan Rivers, Kelsey Grammar, Bette Midler, Debra Messing, Ashanti and many more. She was a regular on Wetpaint’s show, The Tea.
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